Yesterday was the first day of classes at UF, and the Library's first day back on our usual schedule of being open later during the week, which means I'm back to my usual evenings alone in the Library with the students. Campus has been a bit of a disaster for a week now as students … Continue reading Back to School!
So, after some serious consideration and thought, and talking to my mentor and other work friends, I finally decided to throw my hat in the ring to run for ALA Councilor-at-Large. Assuming I am selected by the nominating committee, I would be one of 18 candidates running for 12 council seats. Council is the governing … Continue reading ALA Councilor at Large
I have been on the Libraries Accessibility Committee since I first started at UF, doing work to make the Libraries more accessible in small ways. I've helped draft policies to make virtual content more accessible for people with hearing impairments and learning disabilities. I am currently working on tools to make our study spaces more … Continue reading Real Campus Accessibility Helps Everyone
As we spiral downwards further into fascism here in Florida, I am often rendered speechless with fury and despair over the responses (and lack thereof) from those around us. Today, DeathSantis declared the state would cease to fund all DEI initiatives at higher education institutions. DeathSantis's lackeys also announced an actual literal fascist would become … Continue reading How Low Will Florida Go?
UPDATE 1/11/23: Today the NAACP and others filed a motion to stop the memo below, on the grounds of the Federal Judge's November injunction against the enforcement of HB7. It remains to be seen if that will stop the college administrations from compiling and submitting the lists anyway, but it's a good first step. If … Continue reading On “Listmaking” and Witch Hunts
If you spend any time on Library Twitter recently (and other places like Facebook and IG and even Mastodon) you've doubtless seen the countless stories of attempted book bans, harassment, and doxxing happening to public and school libraries this past year. It is undoubtedly a scary time to be a school or public librarian right … Continue reading Scary Times at the Library: Are Academic Librarians Next?
That's right, coming to you live, from a computer near you! It's me, with my actual degree and a new position as the Visiting Education Librarian at UF for the Fall semester. I finished my degree officially at the end of July, and now I have a MSI (not an MLIS, and let me tell … Continue reading Ah! A Real Live Librarian!
Yesterday was the culmination of a year of work for me (and more than that for the project team) with the National Forum for the Prevention of Cyber Sexual Assault. We unveiled the handbook we created in our Preventing Digital Violence Committee, "Digital Literacy Against Digital Violence: A Handbook for Academic Library Workers". The Handbook … Continue reading Digital Literacy Against Digital Violence
For the past 8 or 9 months I've been involved with an IMLS grant-funded project called the National Forum on the Prevention of Cyber Sexual Assault. We started out reading and discussing several books (Hate Crimes in Cyberspace by Danielle Citron, Misogynoir Transformed by Dr Moya Bailey, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism … Continue reading Cyber Sexual Violence and Academic Libraries